Wall clock

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Project by madburg posted 03-30-2016 01:44 AM 1668 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A small wall clock using Kieninger’s superb spring driven J movement. Its a 65th birthday present for a friend.

The clock is made from solid Walnut with book matched Walnut burl veneers on the back board and door, enhanced with Tasmanian oak stringing. The three ‘lights’ of the case are all bevelled glass. It has two traditional ‘steadies’ which pin it to the wall. The typical ‘beat plaque’ below the pendulum is used to align the clock to the vertical. It could also hide a hole for a second screw to fix the clock to the wall.

The movement is a triple chime on an eight rod gong, with options for Westminster, St Michael, Whittington, or silent. It chimes every quarter hour, but has automatic night shut-off, with its last strike at 10.00 pm, and its first strike of the day at 7.15 am.

-- Madburg WA

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#1 posted 03-30-2016 03:40 AM

Martin, this is another classic piece of work. Your friend is a very lucky special friend to receive this elegant clock that you have created, that will last forever, as will your mutual friendship. I continue to enjoy seeing you masterpiece clocks.
Enrico Caruso

-- Enrico, Stow OHIO

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#2 posted 03-30-2016 08:36 AM

Your friend must have been very pleased with this. Do the two steadies provide the only attachment to the wall or is their main purpose to provide alignment to ensure free movement of the pendulum?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#3 posted 03-30-2016 09:10 AM

The clock is hung off one screw at the top. Wall clocks never hang plumb as it all depends on where the biggest weight is in the movement. This one has a chime gong so there is extra weight at one side. So the two steadies which sharp pointed screw in spikes, can be screwed out and pushed into the wall to keep the whole case plumb.

The movement has an auto beat bushing so it will run OK even if its out of plumb, but of course it doesn’t look right!

-- Madburg WA

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#4 posted 03-30-2016 12:08 PM

Another gorgeous clock. Very subtle and elegant choice of woods, and of course, your flawless craftsmanship.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 03-30-2016 01:22 PM

Beautiful work. Love the classic style. Wish I could afford the Tourbillon version of this clock.

-- Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new.

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#6 posted 03-30-2016 05:35 PM

Another great clock.
I had never thought of putting the second mounting screw behind the “beat plaque” but I will use the idea in future clocks I make. I do have a concern about someone trying to move the clock and not realizing the screw is there how ever.

-- Les B, Oregon

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